Toner reports from London that the Natural History Museum’s new Darwin Centre has opened or “emerged from its cocoon”15 Sep 2009, 00:41 UTC
High wire dancers dressed as butterflies at the opening of the new Darwin Centre on Monday 14 September 2009, image Toner Stevenson
High-wire dancers dressed as splendid butterflies swooped and fluttered above the large crowd who attended the spectacular opening at the Natural History Museum in London for the most revolutionary change to the Museum since its opening over 125 years ago. Having been involved in the development I was fortunate to be among them. Michael Dixon, the Director spoke with pride at the achievement of the past five years opening on time and from funding of 78 million UK from private and public funds.
This new building will house the entomology and botany specimens as well as communicate the latest in scientific endeavour through views into the labs, the collection stores and handling and the magnificent David Attenborough Studio. Tonight (14 September 2009 London time) I experienced this and was most impressed with the technology and presentation possibilities it offers for the public through educators and scientists working together. There was a live cross to a deep-sea diver working in the field, a zoom down into the collection stores to see meteorite curator, Caroline Smith, show-off a very rare ...